Saturday, September 27, 2008

TITO we love you dearly

The following is a small tribute to a giant of a musician. The late, great Tito Puente made the world dance for decades. If you've never been to a Latin dance club you owe it to yourself to experience it at least once. Nothing matches the excitement of a band of Puente's caliber casting a spell on a willing audience of dedicated dancers. This performance took place on 9/3/98 at the famed Latin Quarter. I would be remiss if I did not point out the presence of Mario Rivera, "El Comandante," yet another tremendous loss for the Latin music community. The band is literally a who's who of NY's best, however I would like to make special mention of Bobby Porcelli, a fantastic woodwind player who is seated next to Mario in Puente's sax section.

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